Thursday, June 15, 2017

Movie Discussion

Choose one of the prompts and ....leave a discussion response:

(include most or all of these words:  Bergens, Princess Poppy,  Branch, Trolls, conflict, theme,  life messages, Bergentown, adventure, animation ).

Write a paragraph.  Add 5-8 detail sentences.

Prompt 1:

Summarize the plot.

Prompt 2:

Do you consider this movie a positive one for role models?

Prompt 3:

What is a message that this movie conveyed about life?

Monday, June 12, 2017

ELA Monday

Create a crossword puzzle.

Spelling of names counts!

Respect and kindness and thoughtfulness required

ELA Grade

Monday, June 5, 2017

ELA Monday

Today in class you practiced List #2  on Spelling City.  That will be assessed tomorrow (It was actually due last Friday).

Today in class you were assigned Adjective List on Spelling City and this will be assessed Thursday.

Your short stories are due Wednesday.

Ancient Greece and Rome Activities

 These sites list several links that will take you to activities and games, many of which are on PBS.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tuesday in ELA

Padlet Directions:

Let's each share the book we are currently reading.

1.  Open to the approximate middle of the book.
2.  Find the last sentence of the chapter you opened to.
3.  Open this link------->Padlet
4.  Double click on the screen.
5.  Type the book's title first.
6.  Next, using quotation marks, type the last sentence in the chapter.
7.  Next, click on the camera icon and use your webcam to take a good picture of you with your book.
8.  Later on, check out what your classmates are reading here on the Padlet.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

ELA due Friday

1.   Prepare for a spelling test.


2.  Prepare for a partner conference sharing your progress on short story.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ELA due Friday

Be prepared to work with your writing partner on Friday.  Your goal is to be an effective writing partner for one of your classmates and provide meaningful feedback on the story he/she is writing.

Your partner will do the same for your story.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Math for Monday

Today we reviewed finding area in the coordinate plane. Your assignment is:

Page 313 questions 9-16 
Page 314 questions 17-25.

**Reminder** You have a test WEDNESDAY!

ELA Monday

quizlet: Spelling Week #2

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

ELA Due Friday

Your Argumentative Essay Final Draft Must be in by today.  I really really really want to score them for you in case you'd like to revise and do a Round 2.

Friday, May 5, 2017

ELA Friday

1.  Read in your independent reading book...try to get lost in it.

2.  Update your reading record sheet.

3.    Finish a draft of your Argumentative Essay.

4.  Conference with Mrs. Leighton for Round 1  Feedback on your essay.

If we have time:  (This might need to wait until Monday (-:

3.  Whole Class:  Let's learn more about the vocabulary of an Argumentative Essay.

4.   Word Splash with a partner  ( Mrs. Leighton will pair you with someone).

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Social Studies Homework

Sections 2, 3, and 4 need to be complete for Friday.  You will be completing sections 5-8 in class on Friday.  There will not be a quiz.

ELA Thursday

This online tool might help you plan your Argumentative Essay:

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

ELA Wednesday

Please try a Round 1 on these academic vocabulary words for your Argumentative Writing Unit:

Click here--------------->   HERE

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

Due Tuesday

Read the article "The Benefits of Pets" and complete the After Reading questions and The Check Your Understanding question on pages 16-18.

Monday, April 24, 2017

ELA Tuesday's Class

So much in class depends upon ----->   👤👥💙💙

Your assignment:

Choose ONE of your So Much Depends Upon poems and write a final draft that looks very much like this one:

Monday, April 3, 2017

ELA Monday

Today you delivered your speech, probably for the first time.  It was one of several practices AND a classmate gave you feedback.

The Classroom Speech Finals are Monday and Tuesday, March 10 and 11.

The School Speech Final is next Thursday, March 13.

Thursday, March 30, 2017


Agree or disagree with the four statements on the sheet given in class. You must provide at least 2 reasons for for decision for each statement

SS Assessment - Basic Research

Go to the above link

Make a copy

Share with me

Fill in all steps

Be sure to ask me for clarification on anything that you are not sure about

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Practicing Citations

Do a google search for anything
.  Choose a website and create a citation for it using

Paste your citation in the comment.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Introduction to a Speech on this Year's Topic: What it means to be a hero?

How do you survive with your children while hiding from a government and its soldiers who are hunting you down?  How is it possible to survive and  raise 2 children hidden from the world for three years and yet these two children thrive.  They develop and grow up...hiding from haters who have invaded their country, their city, their neighborhood.  Invaders who persecute and kill just because they hate Jews.  And yet somehow both children are happy children.  I recently had the honor of meeting a survivor of The Holocaust.  Her name is Louise Lawrence-Israel and her parents, I believe without question,  are heroes.  Please allow to me  explain and tell their story.


Earth's oldest rock
A chunk of Earth's Original Crust

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Math for Tuesday 3/21

Today we explored how to use models to represent percents. 

Homework: page 250 questions 11-20

ELA Tuesday

Due Wednesday:

The Introduction to your final speech.

  • Find a quote about what it means to be a hero (see the link above, if you like.)
  • Draft a first paragraph for your essay.
  • Include the quote and the speaker
  • Include the thesis sentence:  What it means to be a hero
  • Include your voice and personility

Name your Google Doc:  Speech

Monday, March 20, 2017

ELA Monday

  1. Create a detailed definition if " The Meaning of a Hero."
  2. Use the printed sheet "Vocabulary Four Square" for your notes.
  3.  Research the meaning from 3-4 different sources (one can be a person you know).
     4.  Neatly write notes in each section of the handout "Vocabulary Four Square." 
 On back of template:

Number your paper 1-3 and provide the following info for each source you used:

  1. Title of source,
  2. Where you found it?
  3. Include link and page number

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Resources for Social Studies

Photos for Class:  for pics

Teacher Tube:  for pics, videos

Ancient Chinese inventions:

China inventions:

more inventions:

Or, you can search on your own.  Be sure to save the url's for the sites you gather information from.

Questions to answer for your invention/achievement:

ELA: Directions for Speech Due Today

This is a practice speech...not the final speech.

  1. did a quick research job someone from history, right? You have notes, right? 
  2. Type in a size 12-14 font. On a Google Doc. Title it “History’s Heroes” and send it to Mrs. Leighton this morning ( Type a speech on ONE of your historical figures. An expository speech. Doesn’t have to be terribly long. Maybe 2-3 paragraphs. It’s just another practice opportunity to practice your speaking and listeningskills. Same classmate groups as last time. Your mission, should you accept, is to present what you know about this historical hero AND make it interesting. No pressure. But there’s a catch: Begin your speech with a hook.  Try one of these strategies:
“What If” Scenario. 

“Imagine” Scenario. 
A Question. ...   or
Silence. ... 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Please complete the notes for your assessment, "Was Qin ShiHuangdi and effective leader?"  
Remember you need 3 reasons to support your claim, each with details, and 1 argument against your claim with details.  

These notes are due at the beginning of class Thursday.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Math due Thursday

Today we looked at proportional relationships! 

HW tonight: page 220 questions 3-7

Extra credit: find a recipe that uses ratios and print it off and bring it in!

ELA due Thursday

1.  You need to access an article here:

2.  We studied how the digital text and site had special features.

3.  Use the highlighting feature to find vocabulary words to highlight (approximately 20);  these are words which you may not know the meaning of OR you predict are important to the article.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ELA due Thursday

1.  Read chapters 40 and 41 in WALK TWO MOONS.

2.  "Making Inferences" paper (based on chapter 39.

3.  Chapter 39  Google Doc completed.

Friday, February 10, 2017

ELA due Monday, February 13

During class you were involved in a class discussion, whole group, of the chapters "The Visit" and "The Kiss."   Many of you participated really well and asked good interpretive questions.  Thank you!!

Your assignment due Monday:

Write a paragraph in response this question:

Why do you think Sharon Creech based her title on the quote "Don't judge a man until you walk two moons in someone's moccasins?"  Cite textual evidence.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

ELA due Wednesday

1.  Read chapters 34 and 35 in WALK TWO MOONS.
2.  Write 2 Discussion Questions for a Whole Group Discussion.

Monday, February 6, 2017

ELA due Tuesday

On a Google doc:

1.  Choose a Quickwrite:

A.  What is one real life issue in Walk Two Moons?
B.  Explain how Mrs. Cadaver, Mr. Birkway, and Mrs. Partridge are connected.

2.  Prepare with questions for a discussion Tuesday over chapters  32, 33.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

ELA due Thursday

1.  Read chapters 28 and 29  in WALK TWO MOONS.

2.   Prepare 1-2 Discussion Questions

3.  Cut out and thread yarn in your 6 Bookmarks.


Use this link to sign into Newsela to read an article about Chernobyl -- A nuclear power plant that released radioactive waste into the environment.


Monday, January 30, 2017

ELA due Tuesday

1.  Read chapter 25 in the novel Walk Two Moon.  Come to discussion with example of what you believe to be an important ☆ detail.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Math for Friday (due Monday 1/30)

Today we looked at writing and solving multiplication equations. 

page 181 questions (9-14) AND page 185 questions (1-25)

Friday, January 20, 2017

ELA Friday

This is the paragraph topic for the Walk Two Moons quiz:

One Paragraph with the following parts:
1-2 Introduction Sentences
4-5 Detail Sentences Including your personal commentary and evidence
1 Concluding Sentence


What one word would you use to describe Sal’s father?  Explain with evidence from the story.


Complete analysis question #1 on pg c-53
Where do you think that Boomtown should build?
You must:

  • State your choice
  • Give at least 3 pieces of evidence that you used to make your decision
  • give at least 2 reasons for each of the other locations describing  why you would not like to build in each one
  • A concluding sentence


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

ELA Wednesday

We listened to Chapter 17 of Walk Two Moons.

Read Chapter 18 for Thursday.

Due Thursday:  Respond with a Comment on this Post what you believe the message to mean.

"In the course of a lifetime, what does it matter?"

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

ELA Today

Due Wednesday:  p. 104,105  Springboard.  #'s  1,2,3    Use your Reader's Notebook for #3.

Chapter 15 Summary Resource:

Chapters 12-22  Quiz on Friday

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ELA Tuesday

1.  On the handout "Responding to Literature"  complete one of the sections based on chapter 12 of WALK TWO MOONS.

2.  Chapters  13 and 14 due Wednesday

Monday, January 9, 2017

SS due Tuesday

6T- No Homework.  Great class today. 😊

6L- read pages 202 and 203 in the textbook.  Answer section 2 question on page 5 in your packet.  Make sure you follow the directions of and answer the questions completely.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Math Due Friday

Today we explored how to write equations and then how to test possible solutions!

HW tonight:

Page 151 questions 12-20

Page 154 questions 3-14

ELA due Friday

1.  Spelling Bee Friday     Classroom Level    😊

2.  Write a formal, final draft quality paragraph describing Gramp Hiddle, a character in the novel Walk Two Moons.

3.  Read chapter 11

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

ELA Due Thursday

1.  Read chapter 10  in the novel  Walk Two Moons.

2.  Complete the handout "Character Map"  for Gramp Hiddle

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

ELA due Wednesday

1.  Add the number of pages you have read so far.  You should find this data on your Trimesters 1 and 2  Reading Record sheet.

2.  Add up the number of books you have read so far on your 40 Book Challenge sheet.  Please remember to fill in more than one box if the book was 300 pages or more.

3.  Friday, after the Classroom Spelling Bee, we're celebrating with snacks and games!!  And Pics!